Nirikshana: Day 1
- Ayana Perla
December 30, 2019
"Let mother earth be your stage, your experiences be the enduring emotion and let your life itself be dance."
The 39th Natyakala Conference convened by Rama Vaidyanathan was indeed the most awaited event of this Margazhi Season - rightfully titled NIRIKSHANA held at Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai. The inauguration of the 5 day conference was indeed delightful for all the art lovers as eminent Gurus, yester performers, critics, dancers and musicians were all under the same roof sharing warmth with their colleagues and peers. The inauguration ceremony was preceded with a prayer 'Ranga Stuti' beautifully rendered by O.S. Arun. The prayer transcended into everyone and the auditorium was filled with a positive vibe!
The first session was Dance Buddies: Re-visiting the Kuravanji Story by the evergreen divas Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam, Prof. Sudharani Raghupathy and Chitra Visweswaran. The "then and now" concept was beautifully showcased and one could only wonder how youthful the trio still is. The Viralimalai Kuravanji belongs to pre Tyagaraja days and was brought to light by Shyamala Balakrishnan. This was a production of Doordarshan, Chennai as part of Pongal celebrations in 1987. We were taken back in time by this beautiful trio and for them truly, age is just a number. It was a treat for all the dancers and especially for the younger generation seeking inspiration.
The session was succeeded by a lecture demonstration by Malavika Sarukkai on "The Expanding Canvas" giving us an insight into her personal journey in choreography. It was enriching to understand that body language conveys certain emotions too.
The last session was preceded by a panel discussion on 'Dance Curation: Concerns and Challenges.' This was indeed an important topic that was being discussed as all the young performing artists were able to know how to approach the curators and to understand what they go through as curators.
Sankhya Dance Company
Ayana Perla is a student of Guru Sharadamani Shekhar (Mangaluru) and Dr. Rajashree Warrior (Thiruvananthapuram).